Already a box office hit Stateside, The Lego Movie heads to UK cinemas this Friday (following a weekend of well-received preview screenings), and is poised to become the first big screen success story of 2014.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's 3D animated movie follows everyman Emmet as he's swept along on a wild adventure that sees him encounter Lego characters from pop culture, history and literature.
The Lego Movie has everyone from Superman to William Shakespeare show up, with dozens more Lego-licensed characters making cameo appearances in one epic free-for-all.
For directors Lord and Miller, the appearance of Abraham Lincoln holds special resonance as it saw them reunite with Will Forte, who voiced the US president in their animated show Clone High a decade ago.
Benny the '80s-era space guy (voiced by Charlie Day) is based on a Lego figure Miller had growing up, right down to the crack in his helmet.
"It had to go all the way to the top of Lego corporate because we fixed the helmet," Lord added. "They'd fixed the helmet so it would never crack and they were very ashamed of the fact that the helmets used to crack.
"We said, 'Could you just make a new one that has a pretend crack in it?'"
One of the film's stand-out sequence is an appearance from the Millenium Falcon, something the filmmakers were working on before George Lucas sold his ownership of Star Wars last year.
"Luckily we had a conversation with Lucasfilm before the Disney thing happened, which I think would've [led to] so many lawyers in one room," Lord explained.
"They totally understand the value of putting their characters in as many different media as possible."
The Lego Movie also brings together the Justice League on screen for the first time, with Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smulders), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and The Flash (in a fleeting glimpse) all appearing.
Morgan Freeman (the voice of Vitruvius) named Batman as his favourite cameo, adding that he thought the Dark Knight didn't stand a chance in the forthcoming Batman vs Superman film showdown.
"Batman vs Superman? No contest! Superman, he's Superman. Batman's a guy, Superman's extraterrestrial!" he said.
Elizabeth Banks (Wyldstyle) added: "I love the Jonah Hill banter with Channing Tatum, Superman and Green Lantern. The two of them are hilarious together. It's just a small running joke in the movie but it cracked me up."
The Lego Movie is showing in US cinemas now and will be released in the UK on February 14.